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Old 10-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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It might help if you put some old dried-up tree leaves around the ones outside when it gets colder. I don't know how others feel about this but from what I understand about banana plants is the Corm Underground is the Brain that controls all nutrition the leaves and fruit receive.
I probably would have chopped it 4-6 inches and put something to keep them warm on top. Just sharing my knowledge(opinion), I will always be a newbie. The stalk left standing will add resistance to the new leaves that form next year/It might take longer to get started puttin out leafage next year with a tall old stalk/p-stem.
BUT this resistance in the old stalk may just help put more energy into more pups?
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You can always cut it in the Spring
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leave it just how it is and color the top so it looks like a lit joint! lol :ukkibannana :
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Hi,
Thanks for your response. I am also a newbie to this as this being my first year with banana plants. I have been doing a lot of research on how to over-winter for zone 6 and saw some who cut down the stalk as you mentioned and some that wrapped it. I figured i give it a shot by just wrapping and time will tell come Spring. If this approach does not work then your suggestion will be my next alternative. Thanks for the feedback I have a lot to learn.
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I wonder why not many replies to these beautifully hand-wrapped tampons?
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This forum is dedicated to the discussion of bananas that are able to grow and thrive in cold areas. You'll find lots of tips and discussions about keeping your bananas over the winter.

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Will post unwrapping come spring.
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Hi Girl,

I pride myself to be a fairly positive guy and certainly am I in favour of all kinds of experimentation.
However unless there is some source of heat I do not know about I can assure you, that your
pseudo stems (PS) will not make it through to spring. That is based on a number of winters in
HZ6. I have lost a PS in my first attempt of wintering, much better protected than yours
appear to be (see the ‘funny man’ here): My Banana Experience (or lack of it). It shows the PS
buried in a large tomato cage stuffed with leaves. It did not make it.

If your corms were at least buried 6 inches deep in the ground, I would be able to assure you,
that at least they will survive, even if it takes a lot longer for recovery in spring. However, in
an elevated setting with cold air allowed to get at them from the side as well as from the top,
even that is doubtful.

Since there is still plenty time to change your method,I suggest that you scroll through some
of these sites to figure out, what is best for you:
wintering
Time to cut back my Basjoos?
Prepping basjoo for winter

There are of course more sites. Wintering bananas has been discussed in this forum for years.

Good luck!
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Musa Basjoo cold hardy what does that mean when suggested for lower zones? Is it cold hardy or isn't it?
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It means, that the corm of it is cold hardy, for the basjoo it is to HZ5, provided it is buried deep
enough. The top freezes off, where ever the frost penetrates into the cells. When the sap
freezes the water in it forms ice crystals, which destroy the cells from within. That explains,
why it has to be at at least -1^C (30^F) for a while before that happens. as I stated in one
of my posts, for which I gave you the URLs below, my basjoos have already suffered two
periods of frost this fall, one briefly at -1^C and one for a full 5 hours duration at -2^C
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I guess jbyrd is kind of a douche, sorry I found his comment out of line. I am here to learn, so F@^kin what if it was posted in the wrong place. Newbies have good intentions, I thought this site was to help us all do things better and Grow what we love and share with others. Good thing he went to college, good to know they dont teach manners
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I guess jbyrd is kind of a douche, sorry I found his comment out of line. I am here to learn, so F@^kin what if it was posted in the wrong place. Newbies have good intentions, I thought this site was to help us all do things better and Grow what we love and share with others. Good thing he went to college, good to know they dont teach manners
Hmmm I You are very correct an yeah almost everyone here is new except the ones that have stayed around or check up here rarely IMO.
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I'm still interested in how the mummy wrap works. I used to talk with fig gardeners who used raincoats to cover their girls in the cold; apparently that's an old Italian growing trick. And some had them in pots so they could have them go dormant in an unheated garage. (Few took them into a greenhouse or living area.) We both lived in zone 7. Too lazy to deal with pots or babying the ladies, I left any one over a year old in the ground outside. Without a coat or blanket or leaf cage. some I lost (always had replacement baby figlets inside just in case) but most often I won. (Not the year Reagan's inaugural was held inside. Brrrrrr! Everybody save "Blackie" did fine; she died to her roots but rallied in the spring.)
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After along extremely cold winter in Connecticut I unwrapped the Musa. The first pic is it unwrapped a week ago. The second photo is it's winter coat removed. The third pic is it a week later. One shoot that was wrapped has produced a new leaf. For everyone that doubted and criticized my method I will be nice and say anything is possible and keep learning.
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